In about three days the Swiss watchmaker will officially present its long-awaited best fake TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph limited edition (ref. CAR5040.FC8177) automatic chronograph watch. The chronograph’s case will possibly be either of the same size as the Grand Carrera Chronograph model, or just a trifle larger. So, the best bet will be around 41 or 43 millimeters (UPDATE: it will indeed be delivered in a case measuring 43 millimeters in diameter).
The watch, which is going to be limited to only 150 numbered pieces, will be revealed at the SIHH 2011 trade show that will open on Monday, January 17, 2011.
Judging by the photos, the watch will be presented in a rose gold case roughly of the same shape as the aforementioned Grand Carrera.
The Mikrograph function gets so much attention that chronograph’s blue central second hand will even receive its own chapter ring that resembles that of traditional stopwatches used before the onslaught of ultra-precise digital timers.
TAG Heuer still doesn’t want to go into details regarding the TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph copy watch’s movement.
However, it is known that the automatic caliber will feature two independent balance wheels with separate transmissions and escapements.
One will be beating at standard 28,800 vph and will be used to count hours and minutes, and the other will race at a mind-numbing speed of 360,000 vibrations per hour and will power the 1/100th second chronograph sub-system.
On the other hand, the price seems to be well justified not only with the sheer mass of precious gold alloy that was used to craft its case, but also with a state of the art automatic movement that seems to be unique for the Swiss-based brand.
Can’t wait to see one in person.
See also: Tag Heuer Monaco Vintage Chronograph (Ref. CAW211B.FC6241)
Photos: TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph Limited Edition automatic chronograph watch (ref. CAR5040.FC8177) specification
Price: $50,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, 28,800 vph / 360,000 vph, in-house, COSC-certified chronometer, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, 1/100th second “Mikrograph” chronograph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Rose gold
Bezel material: Rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Dial: Chocolate brown and white
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Dark brown leather, hand-sewn, solid 18-carat rose gold pin buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Sapphire
As one may guess, Mikrograph’s hand takes just one second to complete a full rotation. Must be absolutely breathtaking! As, of course, is breathtaking its MSRP of $50,000. Although nothing really outrageous for a Tag Heuer replica wristwatch that is delivered in an oversized solid rose gold case, it will still be out of reach for (a rough estimate) 99 percent of the brand’s faithful fans.